Breakfast Mixed Vegetable Poha

Poha is a popular breakfast or brunch dish from western India. It is made from flattened rice or chewda/sira/chire/aval. Flattened rice is light and flaky and is parboiled that needs minimal cooking. For some reason, call it a mind block; I could never associate having a savoury form of chewda( sira in my language). It stuck with me for so long that I never even attempted to prepare it. It is only recently that I made Poha for breakfast and it turned out well. It is scrumptious, healthy and a filling breakfast

Prep Time: 10mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Serves: 4


3 cups chewda/flattened rice/sira/chire

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups mixed vegetables, diced carrots, peas, beans cut into 1/2'' pieces, sweetcorns

3/4 cup roasted peanuts

8-10 curry leaves

2 green chillies, chopped( skip if you want it mild)

1tsp mustard seeds

1tsp split gram dal

2 dry red chillies, broken into half

pinch asafoetida (optional)


  • Rinse the chire in a colander under hot water. Rinse well and let the water drain. Do not soak as this will make the chire very soggy and broken.

  • Heat oil in a pan, add asafoetida, tip in the curry leaves, mustard seeds, gram dal and dried red chillies.

  • Once the mustard seeds pop, add the chopped onions and green chillies, saute for a couple of minutes till they become translucent.

  • Add the mixed vegetables, turmeric, salt and mix well. Cover and cook till done.

  • Finally add the rinsed & softened chire. Mix everything really well till, chire is coated with the masala and it is heated through.

  • Tip in the roasted peanuts, mix well. Remove pan from heat.

  • Serve hot.

We prefer having it with a fried egg!!, if you haven't tried it yet, I strongly suggest you do. :-)


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